Canada’s Lignol churns out ethanol from woodchips

17 June 2009 18:31  [Source: ICIS news]

DENVER, Colorado (ICIS news)--Canadian biofuels maker Lignol has successfully launched ethanol production that uses woodchips as a feedstock, a company official said on Wednesday.

The company is processing 1 tonne/day of biomass on a dry basis at a pilot plant in British Columbia, said Lignol chief operating officer Michael Rushton at the 25th Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW).

Ethanol capacity at the pilot facility is 100,000 litres/year, Rushton said.

According to the official, wood is one of the most challenging routes to produce cellulosic ethanol.

“It is a very recalcitrant feedstock,” he said.

Lignol plans to eventually process as much as 3,000 tonnes/day of biomass to make the biofuel on a commercial scale.

Rushton declined to provide a timetable, but he said the company would first move to a demonstration stage at 200 tonnes/day.

The 2009 FEW began on Tuesday in Denver, Colorado. The conference will end on Thursday.

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By: William Lemos
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